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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A World without Borders

The other day I wrote regarding the insignificance of the real estate mantra--location, location, location.  While ethics can face challenges in regards to identifying the greater good, the determinant factor finds mental and spiritual geography a thousand times more important than physical geography.  For example, the parables of Jesus drill down to essentially a substratum of universal application. It would be absurd to think that Jesus’s whole point regarding the prodigal son was about sand location rather than the quicksand of spiritual rebellion and the forgiving grace of God.

In this light we can see the true significance of a Shining City on a Hill. Nothing is more desirable than that every single person in the world (including the US itself) be blessed by the better angels of mankind's  nature. In this sense, I yearn for the entire world to become my fellow Americans and longingly welcome each and every one to our free and open banquet table.







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Monday, May 21, 2018

Forecast--Mild and Wildly Crazy

To my friends in Missouri--the Show-Me State,….Stand by….







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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Why Don't We Give It a Shot?

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d] (John 3:3-8  NIV)

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It is my opinion that the determinants of a world view belief system are not individualistically susceptible to free choice.  Clearly there is a huge difference in my feeling of control when making a typical transient purchase decision--Coke or Pepsi?--compared to long-term often open-ended commitments such as to the nature and legitimacy of major social institutions.  We see in (the wind) passage above regarding a watershed perceptual phenomenon that Jesus punted with a descriptive answer rather than a mapped-out causative one.  (We can find some assurance is His remark that in the future “even greater things” will be done by believers. (John 14:12).)

At this point in history we are to influence basic beliefs in my view with connection, intimacy, honesty, commitment, and respect--goodwill.  (Argument and debate have little or no persuasive effect via mass media unless respect, warmth, and kinship are authentically representative of what we already know about the speaker.)  Even so, Fireside Chats when done with absolute respect--no degree whatever of patronizing or manipulation--are by far the best approach to win personal commitment to public policy.





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More than Thoughts and Prayers

A Public Servant Is Known By Real Trust in and Goodwill for Fellow Americans.  False Politicians (False "Profits") in Truth Hate Americans (and we must finally conclude, even themselves.) 





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Thursday, May 17, 2018

More than a Motto

Once a great friend (Carl Jordan), who often gave me inspired advice, once observed as I wrestled with a severe challenge: “It is what it is.  Just deal with it.”  As often with Carl, I determined that this was no mere casual advice but something I was intended to deeply implant within accessible memory. It is advice that surfaced in Walmart yesterday when I saw a T-shirt for sale with the following graphic emblazoned upon it: “These Colors Don’t Run.”

 Combining this motto with Carl’s advice results in a compass indicator directing us to deal effectively with given issues as they arise.  Our personal values are often determinant in resulting behavior.  “Dealing with it” can yield duplicity, manipulative fabrication--spinning, covering-up, contrived silence and a taboo status, hypocrisy, blatant escapism, malevolent threats, character assassination, illicit pay-offs, and cowardly acts of treachery and intimidation.

I hope that Americans look at “Don't Run” as not only standing ready to wisely exercise the Sword of the State, but also impling enlisting individual courage to speak up plainly and forthrightly with integrity and honesty concerning issues on every level.  What is the point of calling ourselves “the land of the free and the home of the brave” if we bite our lips and keep in chained silence every burning conviction smoldering within our hearts?

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Monday, May 14, 2018

The Hovering Real Estate of the Mind


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Advertisements endlessly affirm that we can buy happiness.  If we Americans want to inhabit a "Shining City on the Hill" it is obvious all that is needed is deep financial pockets to make that Big Real Estate Deal.  There are many Christians throughout the world that read about Jesus weeping over Jerusalem (as described in Luke 19).  I guess my first memories of the passage began when I lived in a small rural town in Florida.  It never once occurred to me to say “Whew!  I’m glad I live here because it is only in Jerusalem that bad stuff happens when the shit of self-righteousness pollutes the streets.”  The plain truth is that most believers read the Bible not as some “once upon a time far away” history, but the living Word revealing the persistent core of human nature as it exists beginning with oneself.  Most Christian never literally visit the geological location where Jesus walked (most of us don’t have the cash anyway); but we pray earnestly that God’s ”Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven (come even to my hometown and even to my very heart / In a sense, today may the New Jerusalem start with me)”.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Forever Rebirth of Wonder and the Worship of God

As man is made in God’s image, we are asked to trust him and even so out of love (not lust) explore his universe as best we can—and through love come to see reality as God sees it rather than distorted by the power obsessions of greed that can in no way lead to truth.  In this light, it is simply the case that the exacting requirements of science and engineering (as well as the disciplined arts both practical and creative) are expressions of respect, love, and service and at core yield one of man’s highest expressions of the worship of God.
Like many stories in the Bible meanings are found within meanings and have multiple application.  It is common for man to interpret the world based upon his own ideology and thus, at times, distort "what is so regardless of what we may say about it" by what we indeed do say and think about it--often with a obsessive defensiveness arising from fear and profound insecurities.  In this sense, man comes to truth only when he is able to throw open his closed mind (to truly engage in wonder) through humility and through the structural tools designed to discipline and sustain humility over time (and to through love respect his material for what it is rather than what his preconceptions insist they be).  When this occurs reality is boss and man the dutiful listener.  Thus the song Joseph sings in the following video is an example of when man ceases to impose his own understanding.  The prerequisite for human advancement is not the fanatical worship of man, but the laying aside of man's ego for abiding trust in Providence--a trust serving to supplant personal fear and insecurity. [Trust in the Lord with all your heart / and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5 NIV)]





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